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Archbishop William Howley

Archbishop William Howley

Birth
Ropley, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Death 11 Feb 1848 (aged 81)
Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England
Burial Addington, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England
Plot buried in the chancel
Memorial ID 9947 · View Source
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Archbishop of Canterbury. He served in this position from 1828 until his death. He was born on February 12, 1766 in Ropley, Hampshire, England where his father was the vicar of St. Peters Church. He received his education at Winchester College in Winchester, Hampshire, England and in 1783 he attended New College in Oxford, England, where he received his Doctor of Divinity. He then worked as a private tutor in Somerset, England as a private tutor and in 1809 he was appointed regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University and was elected a Fellow of Winchester and a Canon of Christ Church in Oxford. In October 1813 he was consecrated Bishop of London, a post he was to occupy until 1828, when he became Archbishop of Canterbury following the death of Archbishop Charles Manners-Sutton in July of that year. He served during the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts (1828), the Emancipation of the Catholics (1829) and the passing of the Great Reform Act (1832.) The bench of bishops was generally opposed to all three measures and as Archbishop, he was their spokesman and his heart-felt opposition to the Great Reform Act led to his carriage being attacked in the streets of Canterbury. He presided over the coronation of King William IV and Queen Adelaide in 1831. Following the death of William IV on June 20, 1837, he was accompanied by the Marquis Conyngham, who was the British Lord Chamberlain, to inform Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace that she was now Queen of England, and he presided over her coronation on June 28, 1838. He has a keen interest in architecture and during his career, he initiated the renovation and rebuilding of his official house at Oxford, his town residence while Bishop of London, Fulham Palace (also while he was Bishop of London), and finally, extensive renovations to Lambeth Palace in London, England, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. He died at Lambeth Palace on February 11, 1848, one day shy of his 82nd birthday.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 15 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9947
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Archbishop William Howley (12 Feb 1766–11 Feb 1848), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9947, citing St Mary the Blessed Virgin Churchyard, Addington, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .